'Blurred Lines': Marvin Gaye's Family Declined Settlement

The singer's family reportedly rejected a six-figure out-of-court settlement to quash accusations that Robin Thicke's hit is a rip-off of "Got to Give It Up."

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Robin Thicke (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)

Robin Thicke's team reportedly made Marvin Gaye's family a six-figure offer in an effort to avert a nasty copyright-infringement battle, but the family rejected it, Billboard reports.

According to sources knowledgeable with the lawsuit, the settlement offer came after Frankie Christian Gaye, Marvin Gaye III and Nona Marvisa Gaye accused Thicke's "Blurred Lines" hit single of plagiarizing "Got To Give it Up," written and composed by Marvin Gaye, who died in 1984.

Subsequently, Thicke, along with "Blurred Lines" co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr., filed a lawsuit on Aug. 15 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles requesting a ruling that "Blurred Lines" does not infringe on "Got To Give It Up." It also requested a similar judgement with regard to another accusation, by Bridgeport Music Inc., that "Blurred Lines" infringed on George Clinton's "Sexy Ways." 

Read more at Billboard. 

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